National Fisherman

National Fisherman - September 2010



Know the drill

From U.S. Coast Guard reports

In routine debriefings, many World War II U.S. bomber pilots recounted similar stories and responses when it came to surviving airborne emergencies or vicious fighter attacks.


Gulf/South Atlantic spiny lobster

Florida fleet sets traps with its eyes on gushing oil, weather and tourists

Keeping one eye on the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the west, fishermen in south Florida and the Florida Keys prepared to set their traps Aug. 6. They're hoping the money they made during the last two weeks of March, at the end of last season's spiny lobster harvest, will prove a better indicator of this season's opening price than the dismal $3 a pound that prevailed for much of 2009-10.


Teach your children

Feeling lonely?

One reason might be that a number of players in the seafood industry are trying to distance themselves from the harvest of fish. In other words, from you.


Cover Story Excerpt: Some call it opportunity

Louisiana's cleanup fleet has grown with spill

By John DeSantis

In the beginning there were 12 boats, and shortly thereafter 25.

An armada of shrimping vessels, 60- and 70-foot double riggers, their future uncertain, set out to perform tasks they and their captains had never dreamed of doing.



Repower saves big on fuel bill; Fairhaven's first steel scalloper

At the end of this winter, Finestkind Boatyard in Harpswell, Maine, completed a repowering job for local lobsterman Robert Graves. Graves' Holland 38-foot was built in 1986 with a 550-hp Detroit Diesel 6V-92. This is the type of fuel-guzzling, oil-leaking, and air-polluting iron that the Maine Department of Environmental Protection was looking to replace with its Maine Clean Marine Engine Initiative.


Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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